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  • Hiker Killed in Fall at Yosemite’s Half Dome ID’d as 29-Year-Old Arizona Woman

    09/06/2019 12:37:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    KABC ^ | 09/06/2019
    Danielle Burnett, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was scaling the steepest part of the trail Thursday when she fell more than 500 feet (150 meters) down the steep, rocky terrain. Gediman says Burnett was dead when Park Rangers arrived on the scene. Rangers installed cables to help hikers get to the top of the 8,800-foot rock face. The cables are installed each summer to assist the climbs of thousands of hikers who make the popular 14-mile round trip.
  • Yosemite National Park Landmarks to Get Iconic Names Back After Lawsuit Is Settled

    07/15/2019 10:51:41 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 16 replies
    KTLA Channel 5 (Los Angeles) ^ | July 15, 2019 | Anon
    Yosemite National Park’s great Ahwahnee Hotel has its name back. The Ahwahnee was renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel after the park’s former concessionaire filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service in September 2015, claiming ownership of some of the park’s trade names and trademarks. The Ahwahnee Hotel was named The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. The Wawona Hotel became Big Trees Lodge. Curry Village became Half Dome Village. And Badger Pass Ski Area was renamed Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. As part of a $12 million settlement paid to the park’s former concessionaire, names that had been changed during the lawsuit...
  • As Joshua Tree reopens, anger over damage to economy, environment

    01/28/2019 1:02:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 26, 2019 | Louis Sahagun
    Against a backdrop of jumbled boulders and spindly trees, former Joshua Tree National Park Supt. Curt Sauer joined dozens of people at a rally in this high desert enclave on Saturday to express their anger over the economic and physical damage caused by the partial government shutdown to the park and the surrounding community. President Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Friday that will reopen the government until Feb. 15. But the 35-day shutdown has already taken a heavy toll on the economy of this dusty refuge for nature lovers, rock climbers and artists at the main gateway to...
  • Couple in Yosemite death plunge were intoxicated: report

    01/20/2019 8:46:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    fox news ^ | 01/20/2019 | Louis Casiano
    The couple – who were both born in India and living in the U.S. – died of “multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen, sustained by a fall from a mountain,” Dr. Sung-Ook Baik, a forensic pathologist in the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, wrote in a Jan. 4 report, reports said. Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath, told the Associated Press the couple were setting up a tripod-mounted camera near the ledge of Taft Point on Oct. 23. An inquiry into how the couple fell is ongoing. “Any deaths that happen inside the park, the National Park Service rangers do...
  • Death At National Park Unreported For Week Amid Government Shutdown: Report [huff post]

    01/04/2019 6:59:44 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 51 replies
    Huffington Post via Yahoo! ^ | 1/4/19 | Antonia Blumberg
    A visitor at Yosemite National Park reportedly fell to his death on Christmas Day, and the incident went unreported until now due to the ongoing government shutdown, a National Park Service spokesman said. “The incident remains under investigation, which is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown,” Andrew Muñoz, a public affairs officer for the National Park Service, told Outside Magazine Thursday. “A news release wasn’t issued because of the shutdown. We aren’t releasing more details.” NPS representatives did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment. (The NPS has said media lines would also be impacted by the shutdown.)...
  • Yosemite National Park partially closes after visitors poop on road during government shutdown

    01/01/2019 7:43:06 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 69 replies
    Daily News ^ | Jan 1, 2018
    Parts of California’s Yosemite National Park were forced to close after visitors began using the side of the road as a toilet. Bathrooms in the park haven’t been open since the partial shutdown of the federal government began on Dec. 22. Hetch Hetchy and Mariposa Grove were among the areas that closed “due to lack of restrooms and resulting impacts from human waste,” the park announced Sunday.
  • Over 20,000 Sign Petition to Stop Starbucks From Coming to Yosemite

    01/25/2018 1:45:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jan 24, 2018
    A spokesman for Yosemite said they are simply trying to meet the demands of visitorsNearly 23,000 people have signed a petition expressing "deep dissatisfaction" with the decision to open a Starbucks at Yosemite National Park. The Starbucks, which is slated to open this spring, would not be a freestanding store but rather part of a food court attached to Yosemite Lodge. Online protesters say they are concerned that the arrival of Starbucks at one of America's oldest and most venerable national parks would open the door to other big chains. A spokesman for Yosemite said they are simply trying to...
  • Couple found dead after Yosemite cliff plunge were taking a selfie, man's brother says

    10/31/2018 12:56:05 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies ^ | October 31, 2018 | AP
    A husband and wife who fell to their deaths from a popular lookout at Yosemite National Park in the United States were taking a selfie, the man's brother says.
  • 259 selfie deaths recorded in last 7 years, including falling, drowning and train accidents

    10/04/2018 6:09:26 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    My Palm Beach Post ^ | 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, October 03, 2018 | Shelby Lin Erdman
    Taking a selfie against a dangerous background or in a frightening position is thrilling and it shows a bravery and courage in getting that next-to-impossible photo, that is until the photographer slips and falls off a mountain or tumbles down a cliff or is killed by a wild animal. >> Read more trending news The number of people willing to risk their life to get that perfect shot is an “emerging problem,” according to a new study on how many people have died in selfie-related accidents over the past few years. Researchers discovered that 259 people worldwide have lost their...
  • Teen plunges to his death at Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park [Death by "Selfie"]

    09/07/2018 2:53:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sep 06, 2018 | 6:55 PM | Alene Tchekmedyian
    A teenager visiting Yosemite National Park from Jerusalem plunged to his death this week while reportedly trying to take a selfie at the park’s popular Nevada Fall. ... Multiple fatalities have been reported in the park this year. In May, a man died on Half Dome after he slipped and fell during a thunderstorm on the last 400 feet of the climb, where hikers grasp cables to scale the summit. According to the park service, most accidents there occur during wet conditions.
  • Breaking News! Ferguson Fire in Yosemite has jumped Hwy 41.

    08/03/2018 5:53:52 PM PDT · by notpoliticallycorewrecked · 31 replies
    Myself | 8/3/18 | myself
    The Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park has jumped Hwy 41 in the Park. The fire is now headed toward Badger Pass Ski area, which is a fire base camp. There is only one road in and out of that area. The fire crews are now trapped and have to shelter in place. PLEASE pray for the safety of the fire crews at that location. They are in immediate danger. We have already lost two firefighters with this fire.
  • Who gets Yosemite? Where top landmarks would fall in Three Californias plan

    06/14/2018 10:23:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies ^ | 6/13/2018 | Pat May
    I’ll trade you a piece of Yosemite Valley and all of the Napa wine country for Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier. For the first time since before the Civil War, California voters will decide this November whether to spilt the Golden State into three entities, dubbed California, Northern California and Southern California. An initiative to divide the state, pushed by Silicon Valley venture capital investor Tim Draper, received enough signatures to qualify it for the November ballot. Supporters say splitting the state would lead to improvements in infrastructure and education while lowering taxes.
  • 2 Yosemite Climbers Die After Falling From El Capitan: Reports

    06/02/2018 7:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    KTLA ^ | 06/02/2018 | Juan Flores
    Park officials said the climbers had been attempting to climb the Freeblast Route, according to a post on the Mariposa Gazette’s Facebook page. Authorities withheld the identities of the climbers pending notification of next of kin. The investigation was ongoing. Saturday’s incident came nearly two weeks after a hiker fell to his death while ascending the Half Dome trail during thunderstorm activity, officials said.
  • Hiker falls to his death at Half Dome cables in Yosemite

    05/22/2018 7:28:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    … during a thunderstorm. Rangers were notified and arrived on the scene to provide assistance to the second hiker. The hiker who fell did not survive and rangers recovered his body Tuesday. ... first fatality on the Half Dome cables since 2010, and the first time a visitor has died at the park this year.
  • "Yosemite Flood: April 7, 2018"

    04/21/2018 7:13:51 AM PDT · by Voption · 14 replies
    YouTube/NPS ^ | April 11, 2018 | Yosemite National Park
    "Heavy rain and melting snow flooded Yosemite Valley last weekend, covering some roads with four feet of water. Visitors were evacuated in advance. Turn up the volume and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience! (6:08 total)
  • Falling Granite Slab Kills 1, Injures 1 In Yosemite

    09/28/2017 8:49:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    cbs2la ^ | September 27, 2017 11:29 PM
    A hunk of rock “the size of an apartment building” fell off the granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring another on a mountain at the height of climbing season, officials and witnesses said. At least 30 climbers were on the wall at the time, but it was not clear if the victims were climbers or tourists, ranger Scott Gediman said. “It was witnessed by a lot of people,” he said. ... Officials didn’t provide details on the size of the rock fall, but climbers posted pictures on social media from...
  • Climber, Without Rope, Conquers Yosemite’s El Capitan

    06/03/2017 11:30:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, June 3, 2017 | Rachel Swan
    It took roughly four hours Saturday for rock climber Alex Honnold to make an ascent so dangerous no one has ever tried it before: scaling Yosemite’s El Capitan with no rope. Some called it a suicide mission. El Capitan is 3,000 feet of vertical granite, jutting straight to the sky. Many of its cracks are so small, they fit only one finger. “I mean, there are BASE-jumping stunts that require you to be ‘on’ for 20 seconds,” said Chris McNamara, a Lake Tahoe climber who spent many years diving and parachuting off giant rocks. “And then there’s tightrope-walking between the...
  • Tree Falls, Kills Woman in Yosemite National Park

    03/05/2017 8:38:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, March 5, 2017
    A 21-year-old woman died Sunday morning after a tree fell on her at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park, a park spokesperson said. The accident happened around 11 a.m. in the area, formerly known as Curry Village, spokesperson Scott Gediman said. No other information about the victim was released.
  • Road collapse closes Highway 41 access to Yosemite National Park at Fish Camp

    02/21/2017 6:15:10 PM PST · by daisy12 · 24 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | February 21 2017 | Jim Guy
    Highway 41 to Yosemite National Park is closed at Fish Camp, the California Highway Patrol and park officials reported Tuesday. Caltrans reported the roadway is closed eight-tenths of a mile south of the park at Summerdale Campground. The agency doesn’t project the roadway reopening until March 10. A washout Feb. 9 eroded the southbound shoulder of the highway, said Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth. Since then, Caltrans has had one-way traffic controls in place while agency workers inspected the roadway several times a day. On Tuesday morning, Caltrans workers noticed the northbound lane was starting to sink and banned tour buses...
  • President Lincoln Creates Yosemite Park, June 30, 1864

    06/30/2016 9:27:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/30/16 | ANDREW GLASS
    On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation giving the Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California “upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort and recreation.” Championed by Sen. John Conness (R-Calif.), the so-called Yosemite Grant included the first parkland the federal government ever set aside for preservation and public use. It set a precedent for the creation of Yellowstone as the nation’s first national park in 1872. The legislation to bar commercial development in the park was drafted with the aid of the...